After much speculation, it appears that Meghan Markle's father will not be attending the Royal Wedding this weekend. 

Markle, who is marrying Prince Harry in one of the most eagerly anticipated weddings of our time, has made an announcement stating that her father will be unable to attend. She sighted medical reasons for this issue, although it has been widely reported that the actress' father wasn't dealing well with the added pressure of wedding proceedings very well. 

The statement from the suits Actress read: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.” 

Her father, Thomas Markle Sr 73, was due to take his place in St George's chapel this weekend and walk his daughter down the aisle. However, it has been reported that he underwent surgery this week and this may be the reason he cannot attend.

This will come as a major disappointment to the couple, as Harry was due to meet his future father-in-law for the first time prior to the wedding. 

TMZ report Mr Markle stating: “I’m OK. It will take a long time to heal. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited.”

There are also reports that he would not attend due to him being embarrassed over claims he had staged scenes for paparazzi. Other reports state he had a heart attack last week. 

It is thought that Markle spoke to him earlier this week in an attempt to lay out plans for the day, but medical issues seem to have gotten in the way of their plans. 

Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, is now expected to walk her daughter down the aisle. Ragland flew into Heathrow on Wednesday and will accompany Markle in the bridal vehicle this weekend. 

Thus far, there has been no comments concerning several other Markle family members, including her half-siblings, Samantha Markle, 53, and Thomas Markle Jr, 51.

This weekend will see record numbers tune-in to see Markle become part of the Royal family. Her father will have to be one of the ones watching from afar. 

It's set to be an incredible day for all involved.